Giles Hall Auditorium Dedicated to Longtime Supporters Robert and Freda Harrison

January 31st, 2011 Comments Off

In ceremonies Friday [Jan. 28], Mississippi State’s College of Architecture, Art, and Design dedicated the newly renovated Giles Hall auditorium in honor of longtime supporters Robert and Freda Harrison.

The Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium is named for the Madison couple who have shared a 30-year relationship with Mississippi State and the architecture school. The auditorium, which seats up to 200 persons, has been a major campus venue for a variety of activities since 1985. Recently a gift from the Harrisons made possible a complete renovation of the auditorium.

| MSU Press Release |

Architecture student is one of five honored by MSU Assoc. of Retired Faculty (ARF)

January 28th, 2011 Comments Off

STARKVILLE, Miss.–Five current and former Mississippi State seniors are being honored for outstanding achievementsby the university’s Association of Retired Faculty.

The 2010-11 honorees include Mariah R. Baird of Starkville, Dennis Daniels (4th year student, School of Architecture) of Madison, Emily A. Fleming of Coker, Ala.,

Daniels, son of the Rev. John and Virginia R. Daniels, is receiving the William L. Giles Excellence in Architecture Award, named for the MSU president in whose administration the state’s only collegiate architecture program was established. Daniels has served as a School of Architecture teaching assistant, as well as an intern architect for the Carl Small Town Center, the outreach and service arm of the College of Architecture, Art and Design. He is a member of Tau Sigma Delta honor society, AIAS, and has served on the college Dean’s Council, among many other achievements. The award carries a small stipend of $250.00.

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| Alumni | Melanie Hartwig-Davis work featured in the December 2010 issue of Green Building and Design

January 28th, 2011 Comments Off

Melanie Hartwig-Davis (HD Squared Architects LLC, and a graduate of Mississippi State University) work is featured in the December 2010 issue of Green Building and Design (gb&d) magazine for an environmentally-designed renovation of a house in the Metro Wash DC area. See for link for full story: (and click on pages 22-23 @ bottom of the virtual issue).

AIA MS Awards Lecture & Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium Dedication Jan28 4PM

January 26th, 2011 Comments Off

The AIA Awards lecture will begin at 4:00pm on Friday January 28 followed by the dedication of the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium. Reception to Follow.

Spring 2011 Harrison Lecture Series Schedule

January 11th, 2011 Comments Off

The 2011 Harrison Lecture Series;

January 21: with Ursula Emery McClure and Michael McClure | website |

January 28: Mississippi AIA Awards + Robert and Freda HARRISON AUDITORIUM dedication

February 18: David Burt [CAAD Alumnus of the Year]

February 21: Hilary Sample | website |

| UPDATE | February 28: Lawrence Scarpa | website |

| rescheduled | March 25: Steve Kieran | website |


NOTE: Unless otherwise noted lectures will begin @ 4pm. Due to events beyond our control, all lecture times, dates, and venues are subject to change; please confirm w/ the School’s main office (662.325.2202) prior to each event.

Michael Fazio chronicles Birmingham through its architecture in new book

January 3rd, 2011 Comments Off

Professor Emeritus Michael Fazio’s
New book Landscape of Transformations: Architecture and Birmingham, Alabama is available and tells the story of the city through geography and architecture├é┬É. “Author Michael Fazio spent a decade researching Birmingham’s architectural history and its transformative effects.”

You can read more about it here:

Landscape of Transformations: Architecture and Birmingham, Alabama


January 3rd, 2011 Comments Off

The School of Architecture has established an “Externship Program” for its students to be able to travel to and be hosted by a recognized architectural firm for one week over university holiday breaks. This program was initially launched by Dean’s Office (and Visiting Ass’t Professor Matt Battin in the Spring semester 2010). It is currently directed by Professor Greg Watson. This past Winter Holiday break we were able to send students to the following firms:

Gensler (Chicago office):
3rd yr students— Joel Wasser & David Robertson

Olson Kundig Architects
3rd yr student— Brad Mallette

Trahan Architects
3rd yr student— Jay Humphries

Later this semester, during Spring Break, we will continue the program. Last Spring we had over 20 students participate. This past Winter Break was a pilot option.

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